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Nurses: Training

Volume 459: debated on Friday 20 April 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many students qualified to become nurses in each of the last five years; and how many vacancies for nurses there were during that period. (128335)

The Department has not collected information centrally on the number of students who qualified to become nurses over the last five years.

The following table shows the number of vacancies for nurses which trusts are actively trying to fill, which had lasted for three months or more (full time equivalents) at 31 March of each year for the last five years.

Total qualified nursing three month vacancies

Number

2002

8,390

2003

7,967

2004

7,508

2005

5,801

2006

2,884

Source: National Health Service vacancy survey as at 31 March each year